Michael Mooney’s Another World’s Sun is certainly more than another beautifully titled EP. The Australian-born and now Montreal-based artist proposes five efficacious pieces with this superbly realized sophmore work and for which the quality level achieved is quite impressive. Mooney effectively composes songs that will induce the listener through both sonic and emotional turmoil for a 22-minute trip.
Another World’s Sun resembles a movie soundtrack in the way the music draws graphic images in one’s mind. Mooney perceptibly spends a significant amount of time composing these songs, for each of them is built of intricately shaped melodies, vocal harmonies and inventive arrangements. It results in a refined and audacious blend of dream-pop, freak-folk and melodious flights that were melted with baroque and slight electro elements. To paint a bigger picture, it is fairly ambient and experimental, and it sometimes recalls the strong influence of Radiohead or The Flaming Lips though carrying its very own flavor.
Ultimately, Another World’s Sun is a linear work that plunges us into 22 great minutes of mind-travel generated by the composer’s own insights. The beauty of this album is about being both transcendent and risky. All in all, it is quite the gem of an EP.